• Reesa Renee – “I interact with other creatives differently”

  • Reesa Renee is a singer/lyricist & vibe curator based out of the DC Metropolitan Area. Her style is best described as a mesh of Neo-soul & Funk with the classic undertones of the heavy percussive feels of the DC GoGo scene.

    After launching her solo career in 2011 and winning the prestigious “Amateur Night at The Apollo” with her song, “Got Me Loose,” Reesa went on to release her debut LP, Reelease, a year later, which charted in the Top 20 for R&B/ Soul on iTunes and landed her first roadshow, “The Wonderland Cool Tour.”

    Her seven-track sophomore project, Lovers Rock, then took the summer of 2015 to sunny, sultry heights, nabbing head nods aplenty while whetting appetites hungry for more of Reesa‘s undeniably fresh song stylings. Her one-of-a-kind performances – including an attendance record-setting set at SXSW with Erykah Badu and D.C.’s iconic Rare Essence, among other innovators –have led to headlining gigs at the Fillmore, The House of Blues, Howard Theater, The Gladstone in Toronto, to name but a few venues where she’s left an indelible impression. And Reesa’s music, as infectious as it is, conveys only a sliver of her talent and magic. Hers is the beautiful face of black music’s limitless future.

     

    Q&A with S&S

    S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it? I’d describe my style as a funky emotional mix lol. It has a feel of funk and r&b with an underlying tone heavily influenced by GoGo. The producers I’ve worked with are from my hometown and I’m so grateful for that and being able to capture a dope sound and cool vibe.

     S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music? I think I’m realizing now, or maybe more appreciating, producers! As if I couldn’t appreciate them more. They have a way of helping me navigate my journey musically and have inspired me to hone in on my sound. It’s so helpful to be able to have a soundboard to go crazy on when vocal producing and writing. It’s a part of the art I appreciate.

    My brother P. Kay help produce my first 2 projects and has been a huge influence for me. He’s been producing since we were young and had and still has a cool way of inspiring my music.

    I’ve also have collaborated some dope records w/ AB the Producer a friend from home. We put together ‘Time Flies’ oh I can’t wait to share more about that story (haha)

    S&S: What drives you creatively? I interact with other creatives differently. My drive is my passion to write and share experiences. To vibe and create something sonically therapeutic for the listener and honestly most times for myself. 

    What are life’s experiences if you can’t create something beautiful, at times; reflective at most, from it.

    S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection? My audience is my bff lol! I’m so appreciative of the people that have been on this journey with me. Coming up independent and to have been organically shared and loved is so dope. I appreciate every like, share, follow, word of mouth – all that!

    My audience appreciates the musical vibe we’ve been on and are growing into. I’m so excited and humbled to continue to have the ability to share my art and it be appreciated.
     
    S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?  Man! Sooo many!!

    Kaytranada is the first to come to mind. Tyler the Creator is in rotation. N.E.R.D is what you’d frequently hear me jamming to if we’re riding around.

    My I’ve been listening to everyday 4-5 times (haha) is ‘Midnight Hour’ by Ty Dolla $ign, Boys Noize & Skrillex lol love it! I be needing the dance break.

    I listen to a lot though. 

    S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family? Yes, lots! One good one though is singing random songs in the car with my family. Me and my dad used to do this thing when the turn signal would be on. He was a drummer so would treat the signal as a metronome and make a beat around it.

    It quickly became a thing with us. I enjoyed those moments. He taught me to play when I was young and that was one of our things.

    S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you? I find myself lost in thought genuinely concerned about the people I care about. Had a thought today while spirallin mentally do I give myself that same energy?

    I also thought believing in love would make loving easier. Then I realized easier isn’t a way to describe love and here I am still writing songs about it…

    S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about? Yes, my good friend Mo Betta is always doing something amazing at home! Right now he’s started a platform on Instagram called @HelpDMV where he raises money to help people hurdle financial hardships! He’s a good friend of mine and has been so consistent in his efforts to help our community.

    Also, it’s always a blessing to bring light to Safe Shores DC! They support and provide services for young girls in DC; although they do more especially in the space of assisting children affected by child sexual abuse.

    There are so many things to get involved in, now more than ever it’s needed. I encourage us all to safely continue to support and love on our communities. Support black business and ultimately our community.

    S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you? Am I okay? How can I support you? I think it’s so easy for me to get in the cycle of the day to day. My mom asks though so I guess I’m taken care of. 

    S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using? Describe my sound is my least favorite lol I was watching an interview with Tyler the Creator & Kerwin Frost and the had a pretty entertaining exchange about it (lol) sums up how I feel.

    But on a serious note: I enjoy the creative process and enjoy making cool songs with my friends who just so happen to also be where I’m from. I love that you can group batches of my work and have different sounds. It’s so difficult to answer that question outside of the music I create (which answers that question) 

    S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with? Working with (or around) Jazzy Jeff was one of the coolest experiences. I had the honor of attending Playlist Sessions a few years ago and it is an experience that still resonates! ‘Loves Got Me’ with Aaron Camper birthed from all of that.

    Also touring a few dates w/ T.I’s hustle gang tour was so cool! All the hard work myself and my videographer had put in the years leading up to the opportunity finally paid off. It was beautiful to be able to perform and project on the HUGE screen at the show!

    Another cool collaboration was ‘Never Again’ with Anthony David. The process of creating that original record and the fruition of it really opened my eyes to the good side of the music business. I learned a lot!


    S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration?
    It’d be so cool to collaborate with Jidenna or write a record w/ the producer Iamnobodi.

    The ultimate link-up would be with Pharrell and Jill Scott (I’m still on this lol) a studio session or sessions with either of them would be bliss.

    Shxt, Pharrell can just send me a folder and I’d get to work!


    S&S: What can we look forward to next from you? More art more work! I’m excited and grateful to release more visuals!

    More collaborations with the Hvn Sound, the production team behind ‘Hello Mama’ & ‘Wear A Dress

    More music more vibes!

     

    Q&A By:Shannon “Skip” Syas – S&S Chicago

    Follow: Reesa Renee [iTunes] [Instagram] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Website]

    S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

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